Aquatic Invasive Species

Zebra mussel (left) and quagga mussel (right). These adult invasive mussels are tiny, but their impact to lake ecosystems is huge.

Zebra mussel (left) and quagga mussel (right). These adult invasive mussels are tiny, but their impact to lake ecosystems is huge.

The jewels of the Swan Valley—Swan, Holland, Lindbergh and numerous smaller lakes, as well as the Swan River itself, provide broad economic, social, ecological and recreational values. Protecting these gems is a high priority for Swan Valley Connections.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are knocking on our door, but thankfully dedicated organizations, from the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service to the State of Montana, the Flathead Basin Commission and our own Swan Lakers, are stepping up to ensure we prevent invasion by AIS.

In 2016, SVC is evaluating this emerging concern to strategize where we can best add value. We have convened a Swan Valley AIS Working Group and will work with this collaborative to create an AIS Strategic Plan specific to the Swan basin. We expect to have a plan for our involvement, as well as funding secured, to hit the ground running in 2017.

Eurasian Water Milfoil

Eurasian Water Milfoil


IMAGES: Zebra mussel - Dave Brenner, Michigan Sea Grant;
Eurasian Water Milfoil - Lake George Association